Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula
After lunch on the Sunday before last, we just took out the map and started looking for some place to go. Along with the map, we had around a dozen guide magazines picked up from wherever they could be picked up from. After lot of analysis and 1.6x multiplications, we decided to drive to Port Townsend. We chose this place because the route would travelling across many islands and would overlook Victoria, Canada across the Pacific.
We entered the destination as “City center, Port Townsend” and the distance shown was just short of 60 miles, not much of a drive. So, off we went on I-5 north. The route shown by the GPS was pretty straightforward – I5 N, Edmonds, Kingston, Port Gamble, Port Ludlow and then Port Townsend. But, the GPS forgot one important thing in its summary.
When we were nearing Edmonds, dutifully following the GPS and enjoying the fall cours, at one point , the GPS voice casually said:
Go Ahead 140 yards and take the ferry!
Ferry??? We thought that we had come out on a drive. But, it was too late, we had committed ourselves to Port Townsend and we were not going to return without seeing port Townsend. Luckily, there was only a 10 minute wait for the next ferry and off we went, on our first ferry trip in Seattle.
We thought that the drive-on ferry would be a basic service across the islands. But, we were wrong. It was as good as a regular cruise boat with ample seating space, viewing decks and even few restaurants. The trip from edmonds to kingston was a short 30-minute one. But, the views were great. The wind was almost as on the open seas.
The drive from Kingston towards Port townsend was even more pictureqsue, crossing many islands and bridges, including Hood Canal Bridge, the longest saltwater floating bridge in the world. Finally, after many twists and turns, we reached Port Townsend and entered Fort Worden State Park. We wanted to reach an old lighthouse inside this park called Point Wilson Lighthouse.
Port Wilson lighthouse is more than 100 years old and presented a great sight in the light of the setting sun. We took some photographs, felt the pacific ocean and were on our way back after a good afternoon’s drive!